By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After an interesting offseason, the Philadelphia Union get back on the field tonight as they are in Portland to battle the Timbers.

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Philadelphia is coming off the first playoff appearance in franchise history in 2011.  The Union lost in the first round to Houston.

But this offseason, the Union parted ways with a couple of key contributors.  Starting goaltender Faryd Mondragon returned to his native Columbia while the leading scorer in franchise history, Sebastien Le Toux, was sent to Vancouver in a controversial trade.

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Philadelphia and Portland played twice last season.  Union lost 1-0 in Portland and the two teams played to a scoreless draw in Chester.

KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kerith Gabriel, who covers the Union for the Philadelphia Daily News, about the upcoming season and the match-up with the Timbers.

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